2016 William Booth Society Dinner

  • TV Anchor and Author Deborah Norville Entertains as  Featured Speaker at 2016 Annual William Booth Society Dinner

    Television journalist and best-selling author Deborah Norville was well received as the keynote speaker at the 23rd Salvation Army William Booth Society Dinner, Thursday, April 14 at the Cox Business Center.


    Deborah Norville

    Norville is the anchor of “Inside Edition,” the country’s top-rated syndicated television news magazine that reaches a daily audience of just under 5 million viewers, a position she has held since March 1995. She has hosted the primetime “Deborah Norville Tonight” on MSNBC and the national “Deborah Norville Show” on the ABC Talk Radio Network and been a reporter and anchor for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Norville began her career at WAGA –TV in Atlanta, while still a student at the University of Georgia, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude, 4.0, first honor graduate.

    Norville is also a best-selling author and lecturer. Her book, “Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU” detailing the connection between gratitude and enhanced cognitive function and energy, was a New York Times best seller. She is also a contributor to the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and has a new release, “Think Possible, 101 Stories About Using a Positive Attitude to Improve Your Life,” written with Amy Newmark. She is the author of several other self-help books as well as two best-selling children’s books and a number of books featuring knit and crochet patterns.

    A lifelong crafter and seamstress, Norville is the creative force behind the Deborah Norville Yarn Collection, a line of high quality knit and crochet yarn for knit found in top craft stores. The product has enjoyed exponential growth since its launch in 2009 and selling its six millionth skein of yarn in 2014. The line has grown to include knitting needles and crochet hooks.

    Norville is a member of the board of directors for the Viacom Corporation, serves as a director for the Broadcasters Foundation of America and is a past board member of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, the Women’s Committee of Central Park and the Rita Hayworth (Alzheimer’s) Steering Committee.


    Steve Largent, Emcee

    Steve Largent, former Oklahoma U.S. Congressman and NFL Hall of Fame receiver, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Largent was a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League for his entire 14-season professional football career. He held several all-time receiving records when he retired. Prior to his professional football career, Largent was an All-American receiver at the University of Tulsa. He retired as president of CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association) in 2014 after serving 11 years.


    Felix Jones

    Joining Largent at the podium for a “live ask” was “Mabee Baby” Felix Jones. Jones is a former American football running back. He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

    The William Booth Society Dinner, named for The Salvation Army’s founder, is the largest source of funding for outreach programs that include the Center of Hope homeless shelter, Christmas assistance, and the six area Boys & Girls Clubs. The theme of the April 14 dinner was “Think Possible” and will focus on the many programs The Salvation Army provides in our community that helps those in need with basic services, positive mentoring and rebuilding lives.

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    Past speakers for the dinner include: Tony Dungy, Paul Harvey, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, Walter Cronkite, Jay Leno, Tim Russert, Steve Forbes, President Bill Clinton, Peyton Manning and Bob Costas.

    Committee members for the 2016 event include: Debbie and John Favell, chairs; Melinda and Mitch Adwon, Stephanie Eng and Jack Allen, Billie and Howard Barnett, Patti and Craig Bothwell, Judith and Robert Gardner, Noel and John Groves, Tina and Lance Parkhill, Emily and Todd Perkins, Cindy and Bob Peterson, Dede and Steve Soulé, Karen and John Woolman.


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